The Model UN Club has had a busy year. Under the guidance of enthusiastic Williams College students Audrey Lee, Melinda Kan-Dapaah, Sam Holmes and Sarah Jane O'Connor, several Mount Greylock students were able to attend two conferences back in the fall in Exeter, NH, and Worcester, MA. Excitingly, just recently, on Feb. 23, six of the group's new middle school contingent attended their first middle school conference at Clark University in Worcester. Eighth-grader Will Marsh and seventh-graders Sylvie Clowes, Noelle Dravis, Faith Karl, Lucy McWeeny and Emma Swoap tackled such complex issues as water privatization in Latin America and food insecurity in Kenya. The students were prepared, poised and impressive. One seventh-grader, Faith Karl, won co-Outstanding Negotiator for participation in her committee. Other middle school delegates planning to attend future conferences include Cailean Fippinger, Julia Goh and Grace Winters.
Coming up this spring, the high school students aim to participate in a multi-day Model UN conference either at Tufts University or Dartmouth College. These delegates include Miriam Bakija, Molly Howard, Oscar Low, Victoria Melkonyan, Adam Pomerantz, Avery Powers, Krishan Rai, Owen Tucker-Smith, Olivia Winters. The club meets weekly on Sunday afternoons from 4-5:30 p.m. at Williams College. New members are always welcome to come learn not just about how the United Nations work but also about current events as well as effective debating and public speaking.